Almeria - FURTHER INFORMATION
Almeria - Almeria visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Almeria' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Andalucia.
Almeria (Almería) is the capital city of the Almería Province of Andalusia in southern Spain on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.This map shows 360° panoramas of some of the sights and attractions in and around the city. Each panoramic picture is accompanied by some local and travel information. Select a pin on the map to begin exploring.
Almeria was founded by the Phoenicians and over the centuries it has been occupied by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. The name comes from 'Al-Mariyat', the Arabic for 'The Mirror' (المراية) and reflects the ports location as a Mirror of the Sea. In 955 Abd ar-Rahman III of Cordoba developed and fortified the town and port.
Almeria Touris AttractionsAlmeria has much to offer visitors, from ancient buildings and sites to the modern hotels and beach resorts. Some of the top attractions in the region include:
- Alcazaba - Moorish Castle built during the reign of Caliph Abderrahman III of Córdoba with a 15th century keep. It is the second largest Moorish Castle in Andalucia.
- Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación - south of Almeria Town Hall, the cathedral church was built in 1524 with massive towers, carved choir stalls and a statue of San Indalecio, the patron saint of Almeria.
- Plaza Vieja - important focus of the town, one of the principle squares on which the Town Hall stands.
- San Pedro Church - the original church was built here in the 15th century on the site of a mosque. The current church dates from 1795, with the dome decorated with frescoes by Fray Juan García.
- Santiago el Viejo - 16th century church with a 55m/180ft high Romanesque tower, destroyed during the Civil War and now a national monument.
- Las Claras Convent (Convent of la Encarnación) - 18th century convent buildings now recognised as an artistic historical monument.
- Santuario de Santo Domingo - 17th century with a notable Baroque altar and the Virgen del Mar image, said to have been fond on the beach at Torre García in 1502.
- John Lennon Monument and Palace of the Marquees of Cabra.
- Almeria Museum - Important collections of pottery, art and other artefacts from the 3rd and 2nd Millenium BCE onwards.
- Almeria Archeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico) - four rooms displaying prehistoric material from the caves in the region as well as Iberian, Greek, Roman and Moorish antiquities.
- Rambla - main throughfare and meeting area, lined with numerous cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants.
- Nicolás Salmerón Park - shore front park with panoramic views of Almeria Marina and port.
- Almería Bay Marine Resort - beautiful beaches and all kinds of watersports, water skiing, wind surfing, sailing and boating. The marina offers good scuba diving excursions and trips to Cabo de Gata area, a Nature Reserve designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- Beaches of Almeria - many of the beaches have escaped excessive development. The only beach resort is at San Jose. One of the most famous local beaches is El Playazo, the largest naturist beach in Europe.
- Cabo de Gata - nature reserve east of Almeria with excellent walks, coves and with good scuba diving.
- Mojacar - Moorish town east of Almeria, very popular with tourists.
- Holiday Resorts - there are a number of beach resorts near to Almeria to the west, including Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar, Almerimar and Adra.
Almeria Tourist Information Office
Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca
Edificio Mirador de la Rambla
Phone: 00 34 950 280 748
Additional Tourist Information Office in the Arrivals hall of Almeria Airport.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Almeria Airport (LEI).
Road: A92 from Granada (170km). A7 east and west along the coast.
Ferry: From Melilla and Nador